Dramatic change: The White House drops two-state solution for Israel and Palestinians ahead of Trump-Netanyahu meeting.
By COLlive reporter
Supporters of Greater Israel, rejoice.
For possibly the first time, a U.S. Administration is backing away from the long perceived two-state solution for the Israel-Palestinian conflict, reports say.
A senior administration official said Tuesday that peace between the Israelis and Palestinians may not come in the form of a two-state solution, according to the AP news agency.
Speaking to reporters ahead of President Donald Trump's meeting Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the official said Trump is eager to begin facilitating a peace deal between the two sides and hoping to bring them together soon.
The unnamed official said it will be up to the Israelis and Palestinians to determine what peace will entail -- and that peace, not a two-state solution, is the goal.
AP called it "a dramatic shift" from former President Barack Obama, who said he saw no alternative and who had an icy relationship with Netanyahu.
Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with Trump at the White House Wednesday. The two leaders will hold a joint press conference before convening for meetings and a working lunch.
The prime minister will then head to Capitol Hill for meetings with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, AP wrote.
Israel supporters are waiting for Trump to fulfil his campaign promise of moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing the holy city as Israel's capital.
VIDEO: A recent video posted last Thursday by the "Boomerang - Fighting for Israel" organization argued that the "The Two State Solution is Dead."
The Israeli flag hangs at the Blair House, where Netanyahu is staying
Netanyahu (right) seats with key advisors ahead of his meeting
Benjamin and Sara Netanyhau chat with Israel's Ambassador Ron Dermer and his wife
Netanyhau (right) meets Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Tuesday * Photo: State Dep.